District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-11-24

CO Jimmy Van Asch (International Falls) focused much of the week on the rifle deer season and trapping activity. The closing of the 2015 rifle deer season brought another slow week and weekend of deer hunting. Hunters were hindered by the large amounts of rain that had fallen throughout most of the week. Individuals hunting local WMAs are reminded to remove their deer stands. Several cases are still under investigation and nuisance animal complaints were fielded and handled. Enforcement action was taken for big game violations.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) monitored area forest roads with very little deer hunting observed. ATV maintenance was completed. Additional time was spent on date entry and various office administrative tasks.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reported it was a little slower week, running up to the end of the regular deer firearms season. The officer investigated shining, early shooting, and trespass complaints. The officer issued a couple deer possession tags, and assisted with a vehicle crash. The officer finished up equipment maintenance and prepared for the upcoming muzzleloader and fisher / martin season.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) reports working a rather soggy and then cold, last week of deer season. Prolonged rains kept many hunters out of the woods, while rivers and lakes began to rise to spring run-off levels. Black spruce top cutters were checked in the Cook station. A 17- year-old was stopped on an OHM driving on the wrong side of a county highway, followed by popping a wheelie in front of a pickup. The OHM driver has been stopped by the officer four times for various OHM violations, with the previous and most serious being fleeing a peace officer. He apparently saw the act on social media and decided to try it. Since he continues to ignore the law, citations to the lad were issued for no driver?s license, unregistered OHM and operating an OHM on a public highway. Other enforcement action was taken on transport loaded firearm and operate ATV on a public highway.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) gave a presentation to an area kindergarten class about furbearers of northeastern Minnesota. The final weekend of the deer season saw increased numbers of hunters giving it one last try for a buck. Many hunters reported not seeing a buck all season long. While out patrolling the Britt area for deer hunters CO Frericks came across two people dressed in camouflage riding an ATV on a snowmobile trail. The misguided duo were stopped and asked what they were doing. When the operator replied that he was just out for a ride CO Frericks asked him if he thought it was a good idea to be riding through the woods, wearing camo during the rifle deer season. The operator said probably not. A citation was issued for recreational ATV use on state forest land during the firearms deer season.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) reported deer hunting finished very quietly with few hunters and just an occasional shot could be heard. Equipment maintenance and office work completed. All water shed are flowing high at spring levels due to the recent rains making Beaver trapping difficult.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.